David Adedeji Adeleke (Davido)

David Adedeji Adeleke born November 21, 1992, popularly known as Davido, is a Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Davido blends traditional African elements with global mainstream pop

His 2011 single "Dami Duro" was well-received throughout Nigeria and that brought him into limelight, after his rave hit single 'Back When'

Davido was born in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States on November 21st 1992 into a very wealthy family of the Adelekes. His father, Chief Deji Adeleke, is a Nigerian business magnate while his mother, the late Dr. Vero Adeleke, was a university lecturer.

Davido attended British International School in Lagos and traveled frequently between the United States, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria. He later studied Business Administration at Oakwood University prior to relocating to Nigeria and went Babcock University where he studied Business Administration. 

Davido’s love for entertaining people was inspired by his late mother.

His debut album Omo Baba Olowo was released in 2012, with singles like,  “Back When” featuring Naeto C, “Dami Duro”, “All of You”, “Overseas” featuring Sina Rambo, “Ekuro”, “Gbon Gbon”, and “Feel Alright” featuring Ice Prince. 

Some other reputable tracks by Davido are “Gobe”, “One of a Kind”, “Skelewu”, and “Aye”, "If" lots of other hit tracks. 

Davido co-owns HKN Music, a record label with his elder brother Adewale Adeleke. The record label is home to Sina Rambo, B. Red and DeeKay. The label has produced for numerous artists, including Naeto C, Skales, Tiwa Savage, and Sauce Kid. 

In April 2012, Davido signed an endorsement deal with MTN Nigeria. On October 23, 2013, Davido partnered with Guinness for the “Guinness World of More” concert, held at the Eko Convention Centre of the Eko Hotel and Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos on November 3, 2013. Davido has won a Kora Award, a Channel O Music Video Award, a Nigeria Music Video Award, three Headies awards, four Nigeria Entertainment Awards, and two Dynamix All Youth Awards, among others. 
Davido released, his second studio album A Good Time in November 2019, supported by singles including "Blow My Mind" featuring popular American singer Chris Brown . Davido was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2019. He released his third studio album A Better Time, on Friday 13 November 2020. As at August 2021, Davido is the second most followed African on the social media app Instagram.

Talking about his musical career, Davido was once quoted to have said;

“I’ve been doing music for like 3 years but I took it seriously in March 2011. I was formerly in a group called KB international in America. It wasn’t working out so I thought I should just do this on my own that was when I moved back to Nigeria. When I came, the only people I knew in the music industry were Wande Coal and Don Jazzy, they are like family. I told them that this is what I wanted to do and they advised me. I was around people that were musically inclined. Wande Coal is like a big brother to me, I’ve known him for years, even before he dropped his first album. Shank is also like a brother to me, one of the first people that introduced me to the industry. I love music, and why not do something you love and are happy doing and making money at the same time.”

Controversial incidents

After the conclusion of the Guinness Colorful World of More Concert on November 3, 2013, Davido and his entourage went to the Nu Grotto night club in Victoria Island for a night of fun. While at the club, the alleged confrontation between Davido’s bodyguard, Tijani Olamilekan Ogbeide (Teejay), and DJ Jaydee, a “known” DJ, led to an escalation of violence at the club. The incident that transpired on the night of November 3 left several people injured, including Davido’s bodyguard who was treated for neck wounds. Several hours after the incident, there were numerous accounts and interpretations of the incident. Davido’s management gave their account of the incident and debunked all other accounts. According to their account, Jaydee allegedly confronted Teejay with Davido’s missing ATM card and asked for permission to speak to Davido personally. After being refused access to Davido, Jaydee allegedly dropped the card on the floor in anger and attacked Teejay while he was picking up the card from the floor. Jaydee allegedly struck Teejay repeatedly and ran off into the club.

Davido has three children. He was engaged to Chioma, the mother of his third child.
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